SETPOINT® CMS Software powered by OSIsoft® PI System®

When Failure Is Not An Option

Plant-wide machinery asset health management.

A comprehensive online condition monitoring software solution for critical machinery. It is designed for use in the hydrocarbon processing, petrochemical, power generation and other industries. SETPOINT® CMS provides powerful visualization tools for analysis and diagnostics of rotating and reciprocating machinery. The software connects directly to the VC-8000 machinery protection system and VCM-3 Condition Monitoring unit for data acquisition, without the need for additional hardware. Data is seamlessly transmitted to the OSIsoft® PI System® software widely used across many process industries.


  • An open and easy to use interface with other plant data
  • Playback of historical data
  • Near lossless data compression
  • Powered by OSIsoft® PI System®
  • Affordable, adaptable, scalable
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Why SETPOINT® stands out:

  • Open Interface
    The SETPOINT® system is the first to offer an open interface for communication of all data, including waveforms, rather than just overall values and statuses.
  • Simplicity
    SETPOINT® CMS software has been designed for unmatched ease-of-use. The simple “toggle pushbutton” user interface allows you to easily see which plot types, points, and parameters have been selected.
  • Playback
    Playback historical data, just like a video, making it easy to watch how a plot has changed over time and pause at points of interest.
  • Near-Lossless Data Compression 
    Automatically characterizes complex waveform data based on how much it has changed from prior samples. Data is stored only when a new sample sufficiently differs from a prior sample. It Provides highly effective and near-lossless data compression that does not discard valuable information.
  • The Power of PI System®
    OSISoft® PI System® is the world’s most widely used platform for storage and visualization of real time data, with over 1400 installations globally. This extremely large installed base means that OSISoft® PI System® has proven itself for decades as a robust real time database suitable for the most critical applications – including nuclear power – with outstanding security models that work seamlessly across firewalls and satisfy even the most demanding IT criteria. .
  • IT Compatibility
    The OSISoft® PI System® is widely used, and the chances are that your company is already using it. Thus, you can simply extend your existing OSISoft® PI System® rather than qualifying and deploying a different system. For those customers not already using OSISoft® PI System®, the SETPOINT® CMS solution can function as a stand-alone package.
  • Interoperability
    The OSISoft® PI System® can communicate with virtually every commercially available process control and automation system through an enormous library of interface software available from OSISoft®
  • Affordability
    SETPOINT® CMS software is refreshingly affordable and many installations will see savings exceeding 40% compared to competing systems. Each VC-8000 machinery protection system incurs a modest per-monitoring-module adder to turn on the rack’s CMS communications port
  • Adaptability
    While SETPOINT® CMS software can also be used with machinery protection systems from other suppliers, simply use the VC-8000 hardware as a data acquisition interface by connecting to the buffered outputs of the other system
  • Scalability
    The OSISoft® PI System® architecture is highly scalable, allowing additional points to be added easily. These new points can come from additional VC-8000 racks, VCM-3 Condition Monitoring Units, or process points originating elsewhere in the plant

Latest enhancements to the SETPOINT® CMS:

Spectral bands

One of the important hallmarks of diagnostics is that specific machine faults can be identified in a spectrum by specific frequency components. A spectral band is the vibration content of a range of the important frequencies converted into a single scalar overall value (in RMS) so it can be trended. A change in amplitude of these spectral bands over time is typically a good indicator of a developing specific machine fault and its severity. An example is shown in Figure 2. The spectral bands can be applied independent from the VC-8000 hardware but require connection to an OSIsoft® PI server™.

QuickView Links (Navigation Bookmarks)

In a plant-wide condition monitoring installation, there can be several machines in an alarm situation and you have to find out quickly why and take action. The bookmark function helps you achieve this.

pump gearbox An alarm is seen on the non-driven end of the pump in Figure 1. To find out more about what is causing the alarm, click on the SETPOINT® CMS icon below the pump.

You will then be linked to the relevant set of trend plots that are associated with the alarm situation. These plots can be saved. This allows you to save both the set of plots you need plus the corresponding timeline (the last 24 h) for diagnostics. As every link to the CMS has a URL, you can access this information from any web browser. Further diagnostic information can be found by clicking on the SETPOINT® CMS iconspi vision

The 3 basic components of the VC-8000/SETPOINT® system:

Setpoint CMS Software Graph

VC-8000 Machinery Protection System

The VC-8000 rack is an API 670-compliant machinery protection system that uses two basic module types to continuously monitor machinery data: Universal Monitoring Modules (UMMs) and Temperature Monitoring Modules (TMMs). The fundamental task for these modules is to continuously monitor the signals from connected sensors, condition the signals into multiple measurement parameters for each sensor, and compare these measurements against alarm setpoints.

The real-time data collected by these modules are streamed down the rack’s backplane to the System Access Module (SAM) where the digitized, encoded data is available at the CMS port via a Gigabit Ethernet port. The protocol used for this interface is open. An engineered interface exists allowing it to directly communicate with OSISoft® PI System® software. Communication with other systems is also available by anyone wishing to write an interface supporting our protocol.

Server Software

The VC-8000 rack communicates directly with server software running on a host computer. This computer is normally a server-grade rack-mount machine running Microsoft Windows,  PI Server® software, PI AF Server software, and Microsoft SQL Server software. These software packages work in concert to collect and historize the real-time data supplied by the VC-8000 rack. The data is then available to other PI Server® and clients throughout the organization using local and wide area networks. Remote access is also available using the internet and standard, secure VPN (Virtual Private Networking) technology.

Client Software

The client software provides the data visualization tools needed to view historized and real-time vibration and process data in the OSIsoft® PI Sever® . Two tightly integrated client software packages are used in tandem to view data: An OSIsoft®  visualization client (PI Vision™ or PI ProcessBook® ) and SETPOINT® CMS.

The OSIsoft® visualization client allows you to navigate to points of interest using highly intuitive, highly customized plant overview and machine train mimic diagrams. Once one or more points of interest have been selected in the OSIsoft® visualization client, you can view trends, statuses, current values, and other data, just as from any other point in a PI Server® process historian implementation.  From there, you can drill down even deeper into the data than standard OSIsoft® visualization tools allow by means of our SETPOINT® CMS Display client.  It is used specifically  for viewing vibration waveforms via plot types that are not available in OSIsoft® visualization tools.

SETPOINT® CMS software can also operate independently of any OSIsoft® visualization tools if desired, providing full functionality for navigating to points of interest and displaying trend information, alarms, and vibration waveforms, allowing powerful analysis capabilities.

We offer extensive training and support for all our products and systems.

Our worldwide team of experienced field engineers stands by to make sure your system is tailored for your needs.

Please refer to our Technical Support or to our Training Dept. for more information.

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